Deploying Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Could Create 4.5 Million Jobs

Tackling climate change will be a major net job creator for the U.S. economy, according to a new report from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Management Information Services Inc.

Accordingto the report, titled "Estimating the Jobs Impact of Tackling ClimateChange," aggressive deployment of renewable energy and energyefficiency can net up to 4.5 million new U.S. jobs by 2030 and providethe greenhouse gas emission reductions necessary to tackle climatechange.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment costswould be revenue neutral or better, as costs to implement thetechnologies are offset by savings from lower energy bills, makingtotal net costs near zero. In addition, jobs spurred by this neweconomic growth span a diverse range of skills and experience andinclude electricians, plumbers, carpenters, administrative assistants,machinists, cashiers, management analysts, civil engineers and sheetmetal workers.

Renewable energy and energy efficienttechnologies could displace approximately 1.2 billion tons of carbonemissions annually by 2030 – the amount scientists believe is necessaryto prevent the most dangerous consequences of climate change, thereport adds. Approximately 57% of carbon emissions reductions would befrom energy efficiency, and 43% would be from renewable energy.

Thereport analyzed the job potential of improving energy efficiency inbuildings, transportation and industry, and assessed six renewableenergy technologies: concentrating solar power, photovoltaics, windpower, biomass, biofuels and geothermal power.

For more information, visit www.ases.org/climatejobs.

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